It doesn’t really feel like September, right? Halloween stores are open and the groceries are spilling over with fun-size candy bars. But it’s 90 degrees out. I think I heard someone order a frozen pumpkin spice Frappuccino this morning. That’s just wrong.
Temperatures threatened to hit 100 degrees this afternoon. Yes, that is strange. It would have tied a record set in 1939 when D.C.’s weather station was downtown on M Street.
In the end, we fell just short. DCA reached a high of 98 degrees. The National Weather Service mesonet website reported 99 degrees multiple times this afternoon, but site has a known issue of slight temperature errors.
This was the second-warmest Sept. 8 on record in the city.
Out at Dulles International, the temperature rocketed from 91 to 96 degrees between 1 and 2 p.m., setting a new record for the date. The old record for Sept. 8 was 93 degrees set in 1976. Baltimore reached 96 as well.
Sept. 8 records
DCA — 100 degrees (1939)
IAD — 96 degrees (2016); Old record: 93 degrees (1976)
BWI — 100 degrees (1939)
Warmest Sept. 8s on record in D.C.
1939 — 100 degrees
1872 — 97 degrees
2010 — 96 degrees
1881 — 95 degrees
1919 — 94 degrees
This post will be updated through the afternoon.